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Tourist Dies After Falling 100-Feet Into Hawaii’s Active Kilauea Volcano

by Amanda Glover
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Tragically, a 75-year-old Hawaiian tourist recently died after falling 100-feet into an active volcano.

Early today, authorities found the body of an unidentified Hawaiian tourist. It’s been determined that the man fell 100-feet below the crater rim of a viewing area of the Kilauea volcano. Although he was attempting to get a better glimpse of the landmark, he ended up falling to the bottom. After park rangers and Hawaii County firefighters searched in the dark for the man, he was found unresponsive.

Even though this is Hawaii’s most active volcano, tourists visit at night in hopes of seeing the glowing lava lake from an eruption of the giant mass.

The Hilo resident disappeared on Sunday night at the popular Hawaii Volcanoes National Park late Sunday night. After not being able to contact him, his family reported him missing on Monday.

The National Park Service made a statement. “After searching for the man in the darkness, National Park Service rangers and Hawai’i County firefighters located the man’s body about 100 feet below the crater rim, west of the Uekahuna viewing area at the summit of Kilauea volcano. Park rangers, assisted by helicopter, recovered the body around 8 am.”

However, this is not the first time someone has fallen into the crater. In 2019, a 32-year-old man fell 70 feet into Kilauea after stepping over the railing. After three hours, rangers and firefighters rescued him.

In 2017, a 38-year-old man tragically died at Kilauea after taking his own life.

“Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous and destabilized cliff edges. Crossing safety barriers and entering closed areas can result in serious injuries and death,” said Chief Ranger John Broward said back in 2017.

We give our deepest condolences to the family and also hope they get the answers they need.

Kilauea Volcano Erupts in Beautifully Frightening Photos

Back in September 2021, photos were captured of Hawaii’s most active volcano.

The New York Post reported that the U.S. Geological Survey detected an eruption at the top of the Halemaumau crater. The eruption destroyed over 700 homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate. It was the first major eruption in the landmark since 2018.

ABC News reported that although this eruption lasted for four months, the volcano spewed enough lava to fill 320,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Hardened lava from that eruption now covers an area of land half the size of Manhattan. Although this occurred nowhere near New York, that fact doesn’t make Manhattan sound like as fun.

“All signs indicate that it will stay within the crater.” Ken Hon, a USGS scientist, told the New York Post. “We’re not seeing any indications that lava is moving into the lower part of the east rift zone where people live. Currently, all the activity is within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.